Be Original And Save Money On Travel

March 20, 2009 by  
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Many of us are creatures of habit, we know what we like and we stick to it. When it comes to vacation time, there is no exception with the same kind of trips away to the same destination or similar. That is all very well and good if you can afford to fit the bill but what if money is short. If that is the case then it is time to make a change and in the process enjoy some new experiences.

There will always be certain areas of high tourist volume where everyone is attracted to but there are many, many countries and cities still largely untouched with much to offer. Certainly many are clicking on to this fact and countries that were previously unheard of as a destination are becoming more popular due to their unspoilt shores and land and the very inexpensive cost of the trip. No doubt, in time, the prices will rise but in the meant-time – take advantage.

Perform a bit of research online or enquire at your travel agency. They will be only to happy to give you some ideas to start your vacation idea juices going. If you enjoy going to foreign lands, many of the eastern block European countries are still being discovered in terms of a vacation destination and are very cheap after the initial flight. Accommodation hardly factors as an expense in some areas giving you the additional leverage to make the most out of your holiday.

Another great method to really save money and enjoy new experiences is to home swap. This entails swapping your home with others looking for the same opportunity (obviously, there is communication and arrangements beforehand) and all for free. You can holiday in comfort free of charge and make use of the local amenities and attractions. This is especially viable if you live in a well-sought after destination. There are many people advertising online and in newspapers for this sort of holiday.

If you still want to get away but don’t want to pay for pricey hotels, you can look out for bed and breakfast’s, sometimes known as pensions. They can offer a better price with pretty much the same standards as a hotel. They are usually smaller with less rooms but if you book early enough and shop around, you can secure a great deal. These establishments are rife throughout the U.K and other countries in Europe.

For a cheaper version still, there are many up-market hostels in top tourist locations to choose from. The old fashioned idea of a hostel where one room is shared by many has long since up-graded where you can acquire one or two rooms for the family, depending on requirements and use the facilities provided. Most include a sizeable breakfast that will see you through a large part of the day, saving more.

Depending on your age and interests, you can take part in a working holiday. There are many opportunities within the U.S working with kids in summer camps or in the big cities as a guide. Not only do you get to see new places but earn as well coming home with more cash than when you left. There are also volunteer schemes available, where you will receive bed and board for a limited amount of work, information can be obtained from organizations such as the Red Cross..

For a relaxing, spiritual journey, you can book rooms in monasteries and retreats, many in beautiful and inspiring settings. Some can be had for a very limited price or a humble donation.

There is a plethora of ideas for new and exciting vacations that won’t leave you worrying about a gaping dent in your finances. You can save money on the usual trip and change your outlook for the better.

Great Money Saving Tips For Those Ever- Increasing Air Fares

March 18, 2009 by  
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Where distance is concerned, flying is the most economical and practical method of transport cutting your journey in half if not more. Yes, there are definitely more restrictions in terms of hand luggage due to recent events, however, it is still by far, the easiest and safest way to get to your destination.

Undoubtedly, airlines are becoming more expensive with fuel prices going through the roof and the economy in general, facing tough times but if you put the effort in, you can still find ways to reduce your air fares and make the journey less of a financial burden.

Sometimes, comfort has to be sacrificed to a degree. If your journey is not going to be too long, you can book with cheaper, budget airlines and save a packet. Ok, your trip won’t be in the lap of luxury but for a short time it is adequate and you get to your destination just as fast.

Fly from the smaller airports out of town. They are almost always cheaper to fly from, even taking into consideration the expense to get there and most have a direct, shuttle service with a reasonable fare. Be adaptable if possible with your dates and destination and saving money will be easy.

Watch out for added tax on budget flights. They may advertise a ridiculously low price then whack on a huge tax bringing it up considerably. That being said it still, usually works out cheaper but bear in mind for price comparison reasons.

There are consistently certain days of the week which are more expensive to fly than others. Try t avoid these off-peak times as there really are massive savings to be made. Fridays are usually the worst for money saving opportunities. It is great to go on your vacation in the holiday season, however, other times of the year can see a marked reduction in fares as well as other costs.

Book the unsociable hour flights including through the night for further discounts. It might be a little uncomfortable but will help your budget go further. Be prepared to catch connecting flights, again saving money. Ok, your journey will take a bit longer but you will have experienced new countries (even if it is only the airport and a little beyond) into the bargain. Try to enjoy the whole trip and be open-minded.

If you time it just right, you can find out if there are any last minute cancellations and try to get a refund on your existing ticket. O.K maybe this is not the most ethical means of getting a good deal but when times are hard, needs must.

When you fly, be sure to collect your air miles if available, this also applies to your credit card company. Always keep an eye out for any program involving air miles as an incentive, you will be glad you did when it comes to coughing up for your next flight.

When it comes to saving money when flying, it boils down to being flexible, putting the effort into price comparison, leaving no stone unturned and accepting slight discomfort. If you are willing to compromise, paying for your flights should not end in tears.

You Need A break, Don’t Scrap The Vacation

March 16, 2009 by  
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In a climate of cost-cutting and soaring prices for household necessities it may seem like a natural step to miss out the family break away. Maybe the cost of sending the entire family on a vacation is too much to even consider, but is it? Everyone should be entitled to one vacation per year, it is a must.

With money in short supply, how can a vacation be possible? A new phenomenon has been established known as the “staycation” and it is pretty much as the word suggests, a vacation but staying at home. Many may balk at this proposition but have not really thought about the opportunities for fun and activities right here on the doorstep.

Most towns and cities are equipped with many facilities to accommodate those travelling from elsewhere such as leisure centres with a swimming pool and slides and indoor games, museums, arcades, bowling among others, why not utilise these activities. Your kids will find it thrilling to be doing fun activities everyday as they would normally associate this with being away from home. Find out the possibilities from your nearest tourist information bureau or online.

For meals, you can save money on restaurants by planning picnics in the park, at the zoo or even in the backyard. Children and adults alike enjoy eating away from home and a picnic hamper never fails to delight.

A great fun and inexpensive way to unite the family and take part in an adventure is to organise a camping trip. Again you will be saving on food and accommodation (maybe a minimal fee for a camping site) with pre-packed food at the campfire or stove. Kids love to camp outdoors feeding their imagination. It is possible to avoid the campsite fee if you look for a unspoilt beauty spot that allows for camping.

If you are just looking for the lowest price to get away, do plenty of research and price comparison to get the best deal possible. There are so many resources to find cheap deals online and even travel agents have reduced prices considerably to compete. There are many deals where you can get one or more of your children for free if you book early enough.

Find accommodation where you are not paying for food and other toiletries etc. Get the bare minimum and bring your own this will see huge savings.

If your destination includes being out and about most of the time, go for one large room for the family. After all it is only for coming back to at the end of a day. This can help you save for other treats during the holiday. If your accommodation includes breakfast, be sure to take full advantage and eat well. The breakfast supplied is often enough to last till dinner with a small snack in- between, this saving every day soon adds up.

If you have a large family, it may be cost-effective to go for an all-inclusive. Many such types of vacation will include food, drinks and entertainment leaving you will no or very little additional expenses. An all-inclusive vacation at off-peak times can be the optimum saving.

If you are not too keen on camping but can’t afford a vacation, a great option is a mobile-home holiday. Many sites are located near family theme parks and other attractions and sometimes right beside the beach. This type of vacation can be acquired at a very reasonable cost and is great fun for all the family. Even if you have a large family there are all sizes to accommodate.

The whole point of time away from your work is to relax, re-charge your batteries and have fun with the family. There are so many options these days for cheap vacations or a “staycation”. A little prior thought and research can unveil a truly original break that will be remembered for years to come.

Is It Possible To Get A Great Deal On A Cruise Line Vacation?

March 14, 2009 by  
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Many people overlook the idea of a cruise holiday seeing them as an unaffordable luxury only for wealthy pensioners. Back in the day, cruise ships were an elusive vacation with only a handful of ships to choose from. The facilities on board were limited but the prices still astronomical.

This type of vacation gradually became more prevalent with demand rising and in time prices were reduced to accommodate a wider variety of budgets. Bigger, more luxurious boats were built and competing companies included more and more benefits and special offers rendering the cruise a somewhat affordable vacation. This being said, there are some offers more agreeable than others and it pays to do some prior homework before booking.

There are many ways to research and compare prices for a cruise. Some individuals like to book directly from the company online, however you can acquire a very reasonable deal from your local travel agent or with other online travel businesses. Always look out for special deals, they are becoming more and more frequent for many journeys and destinations.

Unlike a standard vacation and the potential last-minute deals, it is more cost-effective to book your cruise vacation early with the possibility of saving up to forty per cent. This applies to any form of booking arrangement. However, there is an option to make big savings by become a stand-by passenger where you would be informed of your place around 3 weeks before departure. If you don’t mind the possibility of not getting away and making the saving, this is an exceptional money saver. If you pay for the cruise in full when booking you can also save money.

It is tempting to go all out with your cruise and demand a cabin with a window or even a balcony but this could really rack up the bill. If your cruise is lengthy with sunny weather you will hardly be spending your time in the cabin. Save money and opt for a budget room and enjoy the facilities and scenery on deck, you can use the savings to heighten your spending budget or simply avoid returning home to a lean bank account.

There are so many types of cruises running throughout the year. Try travelling off-peak for the best way to save money and enjoy a less crowded environment. For a Caribbean cruise, off-peak would be in December and January, you can ask at your local travel agency for a list of off-peak times for availability. You will often find that the facilities on board are also reduced in price at these times.

If you are a serial cruiser, then you can enjoy discount prices. It is possible to book your next vacation while you cruise and as a loyal customer, you can make use of the special offers and savings. Everyone is happy, the cruise agent makes a commission and you save money on your next trip.

An extremely efficient method of cruising for both company and customer is the repositioning cruise. The ship must be moved to another location for the sailing season and making use of this trip for holiday-makers is a practical and efficient use of fuel and resources. This vacation will be spent largely at sea but for the huge discount you will receive, can make it very attractive.

Always be on the look-out for any discounts you may be entitled to. Those over the age of 55 can take advantage of seniors 55 plus, if you belong to establishments such as the AARP or the AAA, discounts are also available. There are also savings to be made if you are travelling in a large group, look out for bulk booking deals for big savings.

In most cases the cruise vacation is all inclusive, so once you are on board you can relax in the knowledge that everything is taken care of from the food and accommodation down to the drinks and entertainment. This fully comprehensive style vacation allows you to focus on the holiday itself without worrying how much your next meal will cost or what entertainment is available. Whether you are travelling to sunny climes or the north pole, this unique experience will have to running back for more.

Learn How To Save Money On Your Travel Expenses

March 12, 2009 by  
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We work hard all year and at some point a vacation is not only a luxury but a necessity. However, the vacation in question, although supposed to be relaxing, has it’s share of headaches. Trying to get the best deal, travel insurance, sky-rocketing fuel prices – where does it end? Your vacation should be a time for you to kick back and enjoy a well earned break.

Sometimes it pays to be in the know where vacation booking is concerned. Reading up on the policies, small print and price comparison is a must in this highly competitive industry. The following tips should see you on your way to a stress-free and enjoyable escape from the daily grind.

1. These days flying to your destination is not necessarily the most expensive. Even the shorter flights can save money with many small companies offering special deals and the flight will often include a meal. Check out flight prices before you decide to drive.

2. Incredibly, it is often cheaper to purchase a round trip as opposed to a single journey. This is true of both flights and train journeys. Check out which is cheaper, you only need to use one part of the round trip. Some airlines and their corresponding terms are opposed to this so always check out the legitimacy of this method.

3. Many people automatically use the main airport of a city as it is probably the most practical. However, it is by no means the cheapest option. Try flying from the smaller airports out of town, even with the additional travel expense to the airport you can still significantly save money. These lesser used airports are often cheaper for other facilities such as parking and provisions.

4. Another little scheme to have you forking out unnecessarily is insurance for your car rental. When you use a credit car to pay for the rental, you are in many cases automatically covered. It benefit’s the car rental agent to avoid informing you of this due to the commission they will receive if you purchase the insurance. Look out for this one.

5. If you are not too bothered about booking in advance, opt for a last minute booking. You can save a fortune on last minute offers and receive exactly the same standard of holiday as those who paid in advance. The company gets a holiday booking where they would have otherwise lost the money, so in some cases the deal will be fantastic. If you are open to suggestion and are happy to go anywhere, you should be taking advantage of this option.

6. These has been some association between the quality of your hotel room and where you booked it. If you received a massive discount purchasing the accommodation in a travel outlet, it is possible the hotel will place you in a less desirable room than if you had booked directly from the website of the hotel. Booking from the website can oftentimes get you just as good a discount than other options. This is not an exact science but it is better to err on the side of caution.

The travel industry is a meticulously aggressive business. If you do your research, however, you can turn it to your advantage and get the holiday of your dreams and save money.